SF Bay Area Commercial Fashion + Mobile Lifestyle Photography

SF Bay Area Commercial Fashion + Mobile Lifestyle Photography
Fashion & Lifestyle Photographer | Studio & Lookbook Fashion Photography | Mobile Technology Lifestyle Photography | Lifestyle Advertising | San Francisco

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blackphone | Commercial Lifestyle Photography | Bay Area Lifestyle Advertising Photographer

This past Spring I was hired by a local ad agency to create some photography for a brand new mobile product called Blackphone. Blackphone was to be the first truly "private" phone. In other words, undetectable and your data is incapable of being intercepted by anyone or anything. It has it's own private OS. You can read more about how awesome this phone is here - Blackphone is already in Wikipedia.

The agency wanted a collection of believable and relatable lifestyle images of the Blackphone -- product shots and lifestyle imagery showing the phone being used in public yet feeling private. We hired on 4 actors to shoot in 3 scenarios/ locations. I worked closely with the creative director to conceptualize the shots and timeline, working with best time of day at each location for most interesting light to work in. I also provided some product shots from my studio.

Below is a mixture of my favorite shots along with those already being used on the Blackphone website and in online advertising. These images and more will be releasing in the global market over a 3 year period of time across online and print mediums, keep an eye out! Special thanks to our our awesome talent, photo assistants Beata Pevny and Michelle Greer, and agency siberia for bringing me on for this. It was a smooth collaboration, an easy success and a lot of fun!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carlo Rossi Memorial Day ads | Advertising Photographer

A few months ago, I was commissioned by local ad agency to shoot Memorial Day ads for Carlo Rossi. Working with agencies is the best. A real collaborative effort and everyone knows what they're doing. Odysseus Arms is always extra refreshing to work with-- As usual they have the shoot concepts mostly prepared, and send over a small team to my studio to prep, style and facilitate direction. We work well together and their final touches to the photographs always look spot on.

Friday, July 4, 2014

HMPC Photo Lecture synopsis

I received some inquiries regarding the Photo Lecture I did last week from some folks that couldn't make it. There was quite a turnout, and I am honored people showed their interest and support. I don't want anyone to feel left out, so here is a recap of what I talked about and a link to the images that I shared with the group --

The focus of my lecture was to charge people to think about what they love about photography and what inspires them. For me, it's about being in the moment. Nothing still the world around me more than looking at it through the lens. Anticipating moments, capturing the befores and after.. the act of concentrated observation creates a quiet place for me as I wait for that decisive moment. 
LIGHT for me is a big inspiration as well, an obsession really, and commonly drives me into making beautiful pictures. 
George Eastman, founder of Kodak once said: "Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, Know light. 
Know it for all you are worth and you will understand the key to photography."
I talked a little bit about my early photo history- how I built my own darkroom when I was young, worked as a photo editor, then editorial photographer for the Washington City Paper in DC. I came to San Francisco 10 years ago to study photo at a graduate level, earning my MFA in 2009.
As a lifestyle, fashion and wedding photographer, it wasn't until I became to realize and identify my personal style -which is Light, Intimate and Believable- that I began to feel successful as a photographer. 
I spoke a bit about childhood memories, as an identical twin growing up in Key West barefoot popping jellyfish on the beach, building treehouses, and always having adventures and escapes with my twin sis and my brothers.. how I've always had an overactive imagination and been a vivid dreamer. Why even bring these things up?
What does this have to do with photography?
EVERYTHING. My experiences, my memories, and mostly my dreams have all the information that make up my personal style, my drive to create and my photographic voice. I encouraged every person in the room to observe and pay attention to what inspires them; seize their unique point of view, and let that drive them to create. 
Then I shared a bit of my work in a slideshow format and we had some brief Q&A.

The take-away is that your unique personal style- whether you be an artistic, photographer, computer programmer, whatever - Your unique point of view is what you have to offer the world. If you are tapped into this and creating from the heart, others recognize and are drawn to it.. you will succeed at whatever you put your heart into. 

July 4th Lifestyle Shoot | San Francisco Fashion Lifestyle Photographer

July 4th, 2014
In the spirit of our country's independence, model Lizzie Gunst and I share with you our photo collaboration. 9 feet of vintage American flaggery, awesome fun talent, beautiful golden light and a short hike atop a windy hill --Boom. -Oh, and that bright red America-lovin' lipstick! 

Happy Independence Day, America!! 

Model, Makeup, Hair and Wardrobe: Lizzie Gunst
Props, Direction and Photography: Chrissy Lynn

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